Delgado for small business programtaking applications

New Orleans — Delgado Community College Chancellor Monty Sullivan announced that applications are being accepted for the 2013 classes of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

The 11-session business management education program meets over a three-month period at Delgado’s City Park Campus. The remaining 2013 classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. Participants are also required to commit six to eight hours per week for out-of-class activities geared toward their businesses.

The deadline for applying is April 29. To qualify, applicants must generally have been in business for at least two years, employ at least four workers — full-time or part-time equivalent — earn revenues of at least $150,000 annually and have a desire to grow their business.

The program, which is entering its third year in New Orleans, has had more than 130 business owners participate, according to a news release.

Paul Tulane Society members inducted, honored for aid

New Orleans — Donors honored for extraordinary philanthropy to Tulane University were inducted into the Paul Tulane Society last month.

Rick and Debbie Rees, who were recipients of Tulane scholarships more than 30 years ago, were recognized for their support for Tulane Athletics, the university’s renewal after Hurricane Katrina and capital campaigns. They are also major benefactors of the A.B. Freeman School of Business, where they have endowed professorships in their names.

Joseph Andrews Davenport III, Dr. Everett L. Drewes and Peggy and Aaron Selber also were inducted.

Students to exhibit interior design work

New Orleans — Students in Delgado Community College’s Interior Design program are presenting their work to the public in an exhibit opening Thursday and continuing through April 18 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery at 615 City Park Avenue, third floor.

The Interior Design Student Show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A closing reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 18, which will include the announcement of scholarship recipients and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, including New Orleans Saints memorabilia.

The winner of a competition among student teams to create a master plan for the interior of the Ronald McDonald House on Canal Street in New Orleans also will be announced.

Family friendly concert set at Dillard

New Orleans — New Orleans Friends of Music continues its “Let’s Talk Music!” family concert series with a 4 p.m. presentation Sunday at Dillard University’s Georges Auditorium by Imani Winds in “A Musical Journey Around the World.”

The program features original and arranged music for wind quintet, age-appropriate introduction to the instruments, a variety of jazz, classical, and world music excerpts, active listening activities, and question and answer opportunities.

Immediately prior to the family concert, members of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra will offer an instrument petting zoo. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine different wind instruments up close and learn more from these young performers about how the music is made.

Reservations are not required for this free event, but seating is limited. The program is designed for those age 7 and older.

The concert is made possible with support from Dillard University and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The Imani Winds will also appear on the New Orleans Friends of Music main stage concert series April 8 at Tulane’s Dixon Hall at 8 p.m. in a concert featuring Stravinsky, Debussy, and original compositions. Tickets and information available at

Delgado registration is under way

New Orleans —Registration for Delgado Community College’s summer session and fall semester is ongoing through May 24.

Summer session classes begin June 5. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 17.

Delgado has nine locations in the greater New Orleans region. Prospective students can get more information or apply and register on line at

Delgado presents ‘Rocky Horror Show’

New Orleans — In keeping with the New Orleans tradition of outdoor festivals, Delgado Community College Theatre announces that its latest production, “The Rocky Horror Show,” will be presented in a mini festival-like atmosphere opening Thursday and running through April 20.

Performances will take place at the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Ave., on an outdoor stage beside the Student Life Center.

“The Rocky Horror Show” is directed by Timothy K. Baker, with musical direction by Karl Harrod and choreography by Nicole Boyd-Buckles. The show features a cast of Delgado students and members of the New Orleans theatre community, including Luis Q. Barroso, Idella Johnson, Shannon Flaherty and Chris Bentivegan.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and April 11 and April 18. On April 12, 13, 19 and 20, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The Delgado Theatre Club is selling concessions and prop bags. The Music and Fine Art Departments will have booths with artwork and other concessions for sale.

SUNO hosts poetry competition

New Orleans — As part of its celebration of National Library Week, Southern University at New Orleans will host a Poetry Slam competition for local high school and college students at 6 p.m. April 15 at the SUNO College of Business and Public Administration Building auditorium, 6801 Press Drive.

A reception will be held at 5 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Celebrity.” Contestants will be asked to think about what celebrity means, its relevancy in the world today and who or what should be celebrated.

All selections must be the original work of the student or students and submitted for review to Angelique Carson at Presentations of selection pieces must not exceed two and a half minutes. Pieces must not include vulgarity, profanity, explicit or offensive material. All submissions should be made by Friday.

Submissions must include the entrant’s name, affiliated school, age, contact number and email address. Selected participants will be notified by April 7.

Bassist Shearer to discuss career

New Orleans — Harry Shearer, the legendary bassist in the 1984 rock and roll mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap” and the voice of more than 20 characters on the hit animated sitcom “The Simpsons,” will discuss his career at a forum at Loyola University New Orleans at 5 p.m. Monday.

The event is free, open to the public and will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. For those unable to attend in person, the forum will be available via live streaming on Loyola’s website.

The event is part of “Get Inforumed,” a weekly forum throughout the year featuring experienced music professionals from across the industry.

Violist, tenor to give master classes

New Orleans — Grammy-nominated violist Roberto Díaz and acclaimed opera tenor Bryan Hymel will present free master classes in April as part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans

Díaz’s viola masterclass is Thursday at 6 p.m. in room 240, and Hymel’s opera class is Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall.

Both events are open to the public and take place in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus.

Díaz, the president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, teaches viola there and is a former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Hymel recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut when he stepped in as a last-minute replacement in its production of “Les Troyens.” The New Orleans native is the top prize winner of the 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and was the first prize winner of the 2008 Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation Competition, the 2008 Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and the 2008 Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.

The Díaz master class is part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Masterclass Series at Loyola. The series offers live webcasts of several of these events, all of which are free and open to the public.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau